“If our children learn to be comfortable in silence–and worst of all, in silence when they are among other people they love, feeling their presence nearby without needing to say a word to them–then a door will be opened that it might take many years of careful schooling, overexposure to the jitters of electronic media, and inundation under the inanities of breathless news that are not news, to shut. For in that deep quiet of the heart we hear things. We hear that the world as we know it is passing away. We are passing away. Yet the world is beautiful, and good is no illusion. Evil is the illusion; it is weak, a shadow, a parody of good, a specter…”

Anthony Esolen, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child